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  • PCT’s 4th Annual Christmas Show

    November 15th, 2018

    PCT’s 4th Annual Christmas Show

    Start Date: Sunday 12/16/2018 — End Date: Sunday 12/16/2018
    Admission:$20-$25

    Countdown to Christmas features Pittsburg’s top 20 favorite Christmas and Holiday songs. Performed American Bandstand style for your enjoyment.

    Location: 351 Railroad Ave Pittsburg

    Contact: Janis Glover info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
    URL: http://www/pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com

    KITKA

    November 14th, 2018

    KITKA

    Start Date: Sunday 12/9/2018 — End Date: Sunday 12/9/2018
    Admission:From $25

    This winter holiday program includes sacred and secular pieces inspired by cosmic wonders and earthly rituals of the winter season. The music of Evening Star includes meticulously researched and creatively arranged songs sung in Bulgarian, Russian, Romanian, Georgian, Yiddish, Latvian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Mingelian, Svan, Laz and Greek interspersed with sonic surprises guaranteed to enchant the ear and stir the soul.

    Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd San Rafael

    Contact: Dane Miller dmiller@marinjcc.org
    URL: http://marinjcc.org/arts

    Affordable Singles New Years Eve Bash

    November 14th, 2018

    Affordable Singles New Years Eve Bash

    Start Date: Monday 12/31/2018 — End Date: Monday 12/31/2018
    Admission:20-30

    The Bay Area’s most affordable Singles New Years Eve Party is also the most fun, at a large nightclub! Only $20/advance (by Dec 30) or $30/door includes dancing to your favorite hits, with DJ Breeze; plus party hats and favors. Adults of all ages welcome. Please dress up for the #1 Party of the year! Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:30pm-12:30am.

    LOCATION: Chicken Pie Shop, 1251 Arroyo Way, Downtown Walnut Creek CA 94596. Free parking.

    CO-SPONSORED by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization; and many singles meetups.

    DISCOUNTS & more parties at www.thepartyhotline.com.
    •Wine Tasting Party, Nov 18, Sonoma
    •Thanksgiving Ball, Nov 24, Burlingame
    •Saturday Afternoon Delight, Dec 1, Silicon Valley
    •The Cougar Ball, Dec 8, Walnut Creek
    •The Jingle Ball, Dec 22, San Jose
    •Pre-New Years Eve Dance Extravaganza, Dec 29, Mill Valley

    Location: 1251 Arroyo Way Walnut Creek CA

    Contact: Rich Gosse rich@richgosse.com
    URL: http://www.thepar;tyhotline.com

    Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

    November 14th, 2018

    Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

    Start Date: Saturday 8/24/2019 — End Date: Sunday 8/25/2019
    Admission:Free

    Celebrate the 38th Annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on University Avenue in beautiful downtown Palo Alto, August 24-25, 2019 from 10am-6pm, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

    Highlights include 300 talented artisans from all over the country, as well as throughout the Bay Area, bringing hundreds of one-of-a-kind art pieces and artisan crafts presented in an awe-inspiring display of creativity and talent. Witness the amazing street artists use vivid chalk pastels to create impressive works of art on the pavement. This multifaceted arts celebration also features artists-in-action, entertainment, and a kids’ art studio. Then stroll the festival enjoying a tempting assortment of tasty foods, fine wines and microbrews.

    Public transit and free parking make visiting the free-admission festival easy and convenient.

    Location: University Avenue Palo Alto

    Contact: Mary Lou Atkins marylou@mlaproductions.com
    URL: http://www.mlaproductions.com

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    November 14th, 2018

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Start Date: Saturday 12/29/2018 — End Date: Saturday 12/29/2018
    Admission:$12-$17

    Live cast Amber’s Sweets would like, if they may, to take you on strange journey. Come witness the long-running cult film the way it was meant to be experienced: in a theater with a cast, friends and audience partici … pation!

    Location: 351 Railroad Ave Pittsburg

    Contact: carolyn august info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
    URL: http://www/pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com

    AJAX

    November 9th, 2018

    AJAX

    Start Date: Wednesday 12/5/2018 — End Date: Saturday 12/8/2018
    Admission:$10-$15

    When the mighty warrior Achilles has been killed the decision of who will receive his illustrious armor becomes open for debate. Greece’s mightiest warrior second only to Achilles, Ajax, is overlooked and disgraced when the armor is bestowed upon Odysseus causing Ajax to fall into a rage on the brink of madness In this rage, Ajax slaughters a filed of livestock and then takes his own life. Sophocles’ compelling work asked the audience to examine how we honor the soldiers who fight to protect us and how we as a society uphold that honor even when a warrior dishonors himself. Join us for a powerful performance starring veterans, community members and students as we explore the powerful themes of unity, honor, respect, and forgiveness in an unforgettable evening.

    Location: 351 Railroad Ave Pittsburg

    Contact: Janis Glover info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
    URL: http://www/pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com

    Mini Masterpieces 2018: Second Friday Reception

    November 8th, 2018

    Mini Masterpieces 2018: Second Friday Reception

    Start Date: Friday 12/14/2018 — End Date: Friday 12/14/2018
    Admission:free

    Mini Masterpieces is the K Gallery holiday show that brings together local artists selling smaller, affordable pieces. The gallery walls are densely packed with a wide range of styles and materials, so much to choose from at such reasonable prices. The Artists: Marc Ribaud, Bill Jeng, Alice Dockter, Banksy, Arielle Crenshaw, d’Arci Bruno, Lynn Gustafson, JoAnne Yada, Darve Teare, Aannah Kay, Bill Silveira, David Peniston, Kate Kosmos, Judy Chamberlin, Claudia Jayne and Judy Threadgill.

    Location: 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda

    Contact: Tina Blaine info@rhythmix.org
    URL: https://www.rhythmix.org/events/mini-masterpieces-2018-second-friday/

    The Jingle Ball Singles Dance Party

    November 3rd, 2018

    The Jingle Ball Singles Dance Party

    Start Date: Saturday 12/22/2018 — End Date: Saturday 12/22/2018
    Admission:15-20

    Celebrate Christmas with new single friends at a large fun restaurant! $15/advance (by Dec 21) or $20 at the door includes dancing to your favorite hits. Festive holiday attire recommended. Adults of all ages welcome. Santa Rich will be your host. Saturday, Dec 22, 2018, 8pm-Midnight.

    LOCATION: The Blue Door, 1502 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose CA. Free parking.

    CO-SPONSORED by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization; and many singles meetups.

    DISCOUNTS & more parties at www.thepartyhotline.com.
    •Single Mingle, Nov 3, Alamo
    •Singles Night Out, Nov 8, Sausalito
    •Wine Tasting Party, Nov 18, Sonoma
    •Thanksgiving Ball, Nov 24, Burlingame
    •Saturday Afternoon Delight, Dec 1, Silicon Valley
    •The Cougar Ball, Dec 8, Walnut Creek
    •Pre-New Years Eve Dance Extravaganza, Dec 29, Mill Valley
    •New Years Eve Bash, Dec 31, TBA

    Location: 1502 Saratoga Avenue San Jose CA

    Contact: Rich Gosse rich@richgosse.com
    URL: http://www.thepartyhotline.com

    Mario Ayala: Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him

    November 2nd, 2018

    Mario Ayala: Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him

    Start Date: Friday 11/16/2018 — End Date: Thursday 12/20/2018
    Admission:Free

    Opening Reception: November 16, 6-9 pm.

    Ever Gold [Projects] is pleased to present Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him, the gallery’s second solo exhibition with Los Angeles based artist Mario Ayala. Featuring five airbrushed paintings on canvas and six works on paper, this new body of work employs a type of figurative language in which elements coordinate and contradict themselves narratively and spatially. Ayala applies this figurative language to social and urban histories, exploring representations of brownness and Latinx identity within the field of painting, and in the way visual representations are able to echo a discursive reality.

    Ayala grew up watching his father work on cars and motorcycles, and receiving ballpoint pen drawings from him as gifts when he returned home from work as a truck driver. Attending car shows and swap meets in Los Angeles, Ayala was exposed to a variety of painting techniques that are distinct from traditional art world methods: car painting and airbrushing were the artist’s earliest and most poignant references for creative expression. Ayala credits his father as his primary influence, and this is visible in his work, but he utilizes these familiar techniques and images in ways that are distinct from their original applications. As a simplified example, Ayala utilizes auto-body painting techniques designed to emphasize or reinforce the physical structure of a car in ways that distort and transform his subjects, or applies the techniques to objects that do not typically garner this kind of elevating treatment.

    Although arguably not breaking news, it seems reasonable to reinforce here: Latinx creative endeavors—in music, visual art, tattooing, car culture, and many other areas—permeate popular culture in the U.S. more and more thoroughly, both autonomously and through widespread cultural appropriation. Ayala’s work can be seen as a kind of reclamation with twists, as it embraces iconic images and stylistic gestures while suggesting that these structures are much larger and more dynamic than a common pop cultural representation might convey. Ayala is similarly interested in visual representations of translation and the slippages that can occur with language. In a painting titled Insurance Claim, a sad old dog is seen busting through a steering wheel with text reading “GUYCO” instead of “GEICO,” making reference to the complexity of translation and to Los Angeles’s particular bootleg culture in which counterfeit items attain validation in their own right, both as reasonable stand-ins for authentic items and as mashups that harness the impact of high end branding in the creation of new hybrid forms.

    Here in San Francisco, where the artist lived while attending the San Francisco Art Institute, Ayala looks at the rapid gentrification of the Mission district as a terrain in which physical and social boundaries are enacted, maintained, transgressed, and reconfigured, with results that range from transformative to destructive. The small scale of San Francisco relative to Los Angeles makes the transformation of the Mission distinctly visible in a way that allows it to function as an excellent case study for the dynamics Ayala is concerned with. Ayala offers Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” as an allegory: in the poem, man makes and breaks certain physical boundaries, with the poet relating these boundaries to societal divisions and emphasizing contradictions within society through this framework. Frost writes of maintaining a wall between properties,

    “The gaps I mean,
    No one has seen them made or heard them made,
    But at spring mending-time we find them there.
    I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
    And on a day we meet to walk the line
    And set the wall between us once again.
    We keep the wall between us as we go.”

    Frost questions the motivations that lead individuals to construct boundaries between themselves, and the balance between realistic need and symbolic purpose. The supposedly necessary mending of the wall is framed by Frost as largely performative or symbolic, as the physical entities that require its presence (namely, cows) are no longer present; when challenged, the neighbor can only suggest that “Good fences make good neighborrs.” In a painting titled Mending Acquaintances, Ayala similarly explores both physical and social boundaries. A central figure is seen through the weave of a chain-link fence; friends in the background of the image are treated with a distance that allows the central figure to be seen as unmasking himself, perhaps allowing a viewer or neighbor to see him authentically, or perhaps reflecting the assumptions a viewer/neighbor might have of him.

    Recasting images and techniques in new roles, Ayala deconstructs and expands common perceptions of his chosen categories of images and aesthetics, while offering enough of the original material to represent the traditions from which these forms originate. Through hybridizing these forms and treating them as larger structures to be expanded, Ayala builds a visual language capable of mirroring the physical and social transformations of the landscape.

    Please contact info@evergoldprojects.com with any inquiries.

    Mario Ayala was born in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. Now based in Los Angeles, Ayala graduated from The San Francisco Art Institute in 2014 where he received the Yale Norfolk fellowship in 2012. He was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. Recent exhibitions include AUT Of Body at Loyal Gallery, Stockholm (solo, 2018); Sun Sprawl at Club Pro Los Angeles (2018); Pen Pal at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco (solo, 2017); Seasoned And Embarrassed Like A Wet Dog at SADE, Los Angeles (solo, 2017); Welcome To The Left Coast at The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco (2016); Summer Group Show at Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco (2016); The House Of Special Purpose at 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn (2016); Something Completely Different at City Limits, Oakland (2014); 5 Year Anniversary at Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco (2014); Locals Only at RVSF, San Francisco (2014); and Give + Take at Adobe Books, San Francisco (2013).

    Location: 1275 Minnesota Street, Suite 105 San Francisco

    Contact: Andrew McClintock info@evergoldprojects.com
    URL: http://evergoldprojects.com/exhibition/mario-ayala-solo-exhibiton-november-10-december-20/

    INSPECTOR GADJE

    November 2nd, 2018

    INSPECTOR GADJE

    Start Date: Saturday 12/1/2018 — End Date: Saturday 12/1/2018
    Admission:From $25

    WHAT: A unique night of music from the Balkans from Inspector Gadje with food, drinks, & dancing!
    SEATING: Reserved cabaret table seating & general admission choices
    TICKETS: $25 – $35 / Ages 17 & under $10 | Available at marinjcc.org/arts
    WHEN: Sat. Dec. 1 @ 7:30pm | Beer/Wine/Concessions open @7:00pm
    WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.
    PARKING: Ample FREE parking | The Osher Marin JCC is 1/2 mile E off 101.

    Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd San Rafael

    Contact: Dane Miller dmiller@marinjcc.org
    URL: http://www.marinjcc.org/index.php?src=events&category=Jewish%20Life&submenu=JewishLifeEvents&srctype